MAMBO vs The Margaret River Pro





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Published on Jul 21, 2011

Just back from the Mambo co-sponsored, Margaret River Pro at Margaret River and the curtains here at the Mambo 'recovery centre' are pulled tight with the stereo playing soothing whale-song, and head-massaging medications being muled in by the local chemist. With seven days of surf and party, there's a steep price to pay.

The Drug Aware Pro is an ASP rated, Premier surfing tournament and attracts some of the best surfers in the world. Kicking off April 3, with 10 -- 15 ft 'freight trains' barreling into a 30-knot gale, the event wound down seven days later with an exhausted Mother Nature collapsed in a heap and the final being fought out in knee-high slop. In between Kelly Slater got bumped early by young Kiwi surfer, Billy Stairmand, Parko was knocked out by Australian upstart, Julian Wilson and Mick Fanning was beaten by Margaret River local, Yadin Nicol. The final was eventually fought out between Nicol and former world number 4, Damien Hobgood with D.H. snagging the over-sized cardboard cheque at the end of the day.

While Mambo surfers Luke Cheadle and new boy, Blake Thornton didn't quite make it to day 7 they did present us with a red-hot slide show that'll be pealing paint off the studio walls until their next ASP Men's Prime appearance at Trestles (US) beginning May 3rd.

In town, Mambo took on art and party duties. Mambo artist and Drug Aware poster designer, Brent Smith pulled a huge crowd at his live art installation, producing a 3-panelled canvas that was later auctioned off and the proceeds handed on to the StreetWaves foundation.

Then it was out to the Xanadu Winery for the presentation dinner where, like a bladder of fine plonk, Mambo just got better as the night wore on. "Highlights" included Mambo director (name withheld for personal and legal reasons) fighting off attempts to drag him off stage while screaming out backing vocals for Mick Fanning's booze-driven tilt at rock stardom, and Mambo's Ambassador of Love, 'Foot Long Luke' Cheadle taking it upon himself to "judge" a very attractive sample of WA women-hood and later receiving an enthusiastic thumbs up from Fanning as he walked the winner past the stage and off to the darkest corner in the room.

Meanwhile, Mambo lensmen, Ben Everden and Luke Shadbolt were busy collecting enough photographic evidence to ensure that the next time contracts come up for review that both Blake and Cheads with be offering their services for free.


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